Working with donors, research institutes and other stakeholders including public and private sector partners to reduce malnutrition globally, GAIN has a responsibility to be accountable to those who make our work possible.
GAIN has developed a Framework for Transparency which outlines how we share information internally and externally. Our approach addresses information sharing, privacy and business and governance practices to improve transparency of corporate decision-making through the full, accurate, and timely disclosure of information.
As part of the initiative we publish our data regularly on the IATI registry.
GAIN’s gender policy recognizes the impact of gender inequality on every aspect of nutrition, and the importance of women’s empowerment to improving nutrition. Our gender policy provides a clear vision of what our programs aim to achieve as they relate to gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world.
We recognize the constraints on women in realizing their potential as human beings — from being excluded from family decision-making, education and employment opportunities to bearing gender-biased laws limiting their access to land and financing.
We consider women’s empowerment essential for improving individual and population nutrition and driving economic growth. Gender inequality is a cause and an effect of malnutrition and poverty, which is why we are committed to addressing it through our programs.
ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
Because we recognize that climate change will significantly increase the risk of food insecurity and malnutrition among the most vulnerable populations, we are committed to ensuring that concerns about environmental and climate change are actively addressed in our programs.
The poorest and most vulnerable, including women, children, smallholder and subsistence farmers, and marginal communities, suffer the most from the negative impacts of pollution and climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, patterns of climate-related extreme events are expected to reduce food and agricultural productivity, leading to price increases for staple crops of up to 150 percent by 2060.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GLOBAL ACCESS POLICY
GAIN supports the appropriate protection and use of intellectual property to help us carry out our mission and realize our global health goals. GAIN programs generate knowledge, data and research results, which we recognize as important resources in developing sustainable public health solutions. Appropriate management of intellectual property plays an important role in making the most effective use of our work.
POLICY FOR SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE PERSONS
Through our statutory mission to save lives, and to improve the health, productivity and cognitive function of communities at risk, we aim to promote good practices to those partners that directly or indirectly work with vulnerable persons. The aim of this policy is to help safeguard vulnerable persons directly served by our partners and to ensure that any abuse that occurs in the context of our projects and programs is reported and addressed.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION PREVENTION POLICY AND WHISTLEBLOWER MECHANISM
We seek to be accountable, transparent and ethical in our management and governance, in order to retain the confidence and trust of our members, staff and donors. GAIN’s Code of Conduct and Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy and Whistleblower Mechanism aim to safeguard our reputation and financial viability, and promote good governance. The adverse effect of corruption and fraud on the effectiveness of global health or development projects and activities is widely recognized, and efforts are underway to prevent, detect and punish corruption and fraud associated with development assistance. The policies outline explicit steps to be taken in response to reported or suspected fraud or corruption, as well as organizational measures that will be taken to prevent or minimize such risks. The policy has been developed based on good practices in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and on our specific needs and requirements as a global organization.
CODE OF CONDUCT
GAIN is committed to maintaining and promoting best practices in its everyday operations, and we expect the highest standards of conduct from all staff, interns and volunteers. Our Code of Conduct sets out standards consistent with our core values, mission and statutes. The code is organized around the following principles, each of which contains a set of basic standards of conduct: integrity, trustworthiness and accountability; reliability and responsiveness; transparency; equality, inclusiveness and respect for the diversity of people and dignity. Each staff member remains responsible and accountable for exercising reasonable judgment and, when in doubt, for seeking and obtaining guidance.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY FOR BOARD MEMBERS
The purpose of the Conflict of Interest Policy is to protect GAIN’s interests in connection with any transaction, arrangement or policy that might benefit the private interests of Board members. This policy provides a systematic mechanism for disclosing and evaluating potential and actual conflicts for the Board, or a committee with Board-delegated authority, with regard to any transaction or arrangement where a conflict may exist. This policy is intended to supplement, but not replace, any applicable federal or cantonal laws governing conflicts of interest that are applicable to Swiss nonprofit foundations.
STATUTES AND BYLAWS
VALUE FOR MONEY (VFM)
A value for money (VFM) approach is core to GAIN’s focus, which is to reduce malnutrition by reaching population at scale with cost effective interventions, and developing an evidence base of what works for us and the wider sector.
We are intensifying our efforts to improve the way we measure value for money and communicate this in a clear and consistent manner to our partners, including governments and donors. Our Position Paper on Value for Money outlines our approach, framework and activities, as well as the assessment methods and tools we use to embed and monitor value for money throughout the organisation.